Star learners, employers and learning providers involved in the delivery of a range of successful skills programmes across Wales have until noon on Friday to enter this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.
Applications for the prestigious awards, jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), have been pouring in from across the nation.
The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, employers and learning providers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships, Jobs Growth Wales and Apprenticeship programmes.
The organisers are looking to identify those who have exceeded expectations, shown a dynamic approach to training and demonstrated initiative, enterprise, innovation, creativity and commitment to improve skills development in Wales.
Funded by the Welsh Government, the awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.
This year there are 12 awards, including two in a new category for work-based learning practitioners: work-based learning assessor of the year and work-based learning tutor of the year.
This category aims to recognise the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of work-based learning practitioners and the key role they play in helping learners to develop workplace skills, to succeed in their careers and to overcome barriers to progression in their learning and work.
In the Employability category, there are awards for learner of the year (engagement) and learner of the year (level one), while the Jobs Growth Wales programme has an award for outstanding achiever of the year.
Apprenticeships are spotlighted with individual awards for foundation apprentice, apprentice and higher apprentice of the year.
Businesses of all sizes across Wales get their chance to bask in the national spotlight with awards for small employer (1- 49 employees), medium employer (50 – 249), large employer (250 – 4,999) and macro employer of the year (5,000 plus). These awards recognise employers who commit to developing their workforce through apprenticeships and other work-based learning programmes, which support employees during their training.
Application forms are available to download from the NTfW’s website at https://www.ntfw.org/apprenticeships-awards/>
A panel of judges will shortlist finalists in each category and they will be announced in August. The awards ceremony will be held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Thursday, October 20.